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Charity is not a substitute for justice

In his speech the night before his murder, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. repeated the Biblical parable of the Good Samaritan who stopped and helped the desperate traveler who had been beaten, robbed and left half-dead as he journeyed along ...

White racism affects more than African Americans

In the context of the responses to the lynchings of African Americans by police and racist citizenry, greater and much needed attention has been focused on the question of race and racism in the U.S. Particular attention has been raised ...

MNP-Trinity Parkway forum cancelled

With much regret, we had to cancel Monday Night Politics: Trinity Parkway Concept scheduled for Monday because we were not able to get qualified presenters to discuss the pros and cons.

Black boys do more than run

I recently attended my grandson Austin Ragland’s graduation from pre-school in Buford, Georgia. Yes, you read correctly – pre-school. It’s never too soon to begin celebrating academic achievement, as his graduation from pre-school attests. So, PaPa was excited about going ...

When are we going to fix our schools?

One of my key responsibilities as a state senator is to ask questions about the hundreds of new laws and proposed changes that pass through the Legislature each session to ensure we will accomplish what is best for Texas. But ...

Texas Black business: Time to go ‘back to the future’

It often seems the only time Black Texans think about Black-owned businesses is when it’s time to complain about shoddy customer service, or the difficulty in finding them conveniently, or their failure to carry preferred brands. Rarely do we equate ...

LeBron James’ legacy, influence is underappreciated

Unbelievable! That was my immediate response to the most talked about, scrutinized, celebrated, disrespected, revered and underappreciated professional athlete in the world, Mr. LeBron James, after his Cleveland Cavaliers soundly won the NBAs 2015 Eastern Conference Championship with a 4-0 ...

Blackballed and whitewashed: Media colors coverage of race

Discussions in the news media (I’d rather call it the “Views Media”) regarding the use of the word, “Thug,” are intriguing to say the least. The mayor of Baltimore, the president and some in the media used the term during ...

Excellence in Journalism

The Press Club of Dallas awarded 13 Excellence in Journalism Awards on the night of May 21 at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Downtown Dallas. The Press Club is committed to advocating and defending the free practice ...

Politicizing donations to Clinton Foundation

Like the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest philanthropy that primarily funds education, world health and population projects, the Clinton Foundation was established to address such issues as climate change, global health, economic development, health and wellness, and ...

Time to throw some political punches

For the past 50 years, most of our conversations and efforts have been centered on politics. Reminiscent of the Reconstruction Era, when Blacks occupied political office for the first time, many of our politicians are just figureheads, toothless tigers and ...

The Waco biker riot and the lexicon of racism

Question: When men (and a few women) belonging to gangs known to law enforcement agencies for criminal behavior explode in a rampage using guns, knives, clubs and chains in trying to kill each other, and police officers, too, that leaves ...

The transformation of Steph Curry

I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina, with my family now for the past 15 years and owned season tickets to the Bobcats games for the first three seasons of the new basketball franchise. In a small, communal city like Charlotte, ...

Monday Night Politics: Runoff Elections

On May 9, Dallas residents voted for a mayor and City Council members. Incumbent Mike Rawlings won the majority vote for mayor. Carolyn Arnold won the majority vote to become the councilmember for District 4.

Obama leads discussion on poverty

President Obama recently participated in a long overdue panel discussion on poverty at Georgetown University. As regular readers of this column know, I have been complaining for years about the fixation this administration has had on helping the middle class ...